Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (or CNRED) is a program within Cooperative Extension, a division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. CNRED is Wisconsin’s educational network serving people and their communities in seeking positive change.

CNRED programs share a common goal reflected in our commitment to community development. Our outreach programs, research and overall assistance involves people, communities, and organizations in educational experiences that teach them to apply appropriate knowledge and technology to the problems of the day. CNRED programs deal with communities as well as the people and resources within them.

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, our Community Development Educators work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry.  Our local educators and CNRED specialists gives Wisconsin citizens access to University research and knowledge in:

  • Community Development
    Strengtening people’s ability to identify and and solve community problems
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
    Facilitating collaboration, local leadership development and community-based problem-solving.
  • Strengthening Local Government
    Providing educational resources for civic engagement and partnerships in local government decision-making.
  • Natural Resources
    Providing education in environmental protection, energy management and land use.
  • Economic Development
    Enhancing local economic health, business development, stable employment and quality of life.

CNRED educational programs support community goals, including:

  • local leadership training
  • economic development
  • public policy issues
  • natural resources protection
  • land-use planning
  • shared decision-making & consensus building
  • access to information technologies

Here is a link to our Centers and Campus programs.